Snoop Bloggy Blogg: Microscopic 3D Printing

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This is clearly the important research happening in the world.

Can't spell science fiction without SCIENCE!

To Boldly Go....

I’ve always found 3D printing to be super fascinating, and I’ve thought about saving up for a 3D printer myself. But knowing me and my manchild attention span I’d probably get bored with it after a month. But I bet you didn’t know that 3D printers can also be used for very serious scientific research.

Over in Holland, or The Netherlands if you wanna be fancy, researchers said they used an electron microscope and an HD 3D printer to create the world’s smallest boat, which measures at 30 micrometers in length. To put it into perspective, a single strand of human hair is about 200 micrometers. 100 micrometers is the smallest thing visible to the naked eye. So this boat is so small it couldn’t fit a strand of your hair let alone passengers.

See that? That's a snowflake.

Super Serious Research

They said the reasoning behind all this is to see if they could create microscopic drug delivery vehicles, microswimmers that could deliver medicine to specific areas in the body. Now clearly this is more fun than research because they also 3D printed a sphere, some spirals, a helix, and the starship from Star Trek Voyager.

That’s science hard at work, my friend but I’m just saying, 20 years from now, if ibuprofen is gonna be delivered to my body via a tiny Millennium Falcon in my bloodstream, I’m all for it.

And to make your day complete, it might get baked into a pie.

As Always,

Have a great day and try not to break anything,

Erik